NIGERIA – GROWERS ACCESS GM COWPEA
Source: Cosmos Magazine – https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/agriculture/gm-cowpea-crop-planted-in-nigeria/
After decades of research, Nigeria’s farmers are growing a GM version of their staple legume that will help millions combat hunger and poverty. Cowpea is a hardy legume, well adapted to the dry conditions and poor soils of the tropical savannah. But while handed down the generations from farmer to farmer, it had been left behind by the breeding programs that dramatically improved the yield of staples like rice, corn or wheat.
Improving cowpea has long been the holy grail for Nigerian plant breeders.
[Article includes the vital role CSIRO scientist and ABCA’s Expert Scientific Panel Chair, Dr TJ Higgins played in the process].